From: Vincent LaVergne
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Subject: procedure vs understanding
I've read some messages about procedures for factoring trinomials and have found them helpful. I prefer the method where students split the middle term and factor by grouping (it works for everything). My question is this: how do we get students to actually understand what factoring is? I've tried to use algebra tiles a little bit. Are there any other things you've tried which help students understand the concept itself?
Math Forum Home || The Math Library || Quick Reference || Math Forum Search